aboo10 Accommodation Reviews
Hoi An HOTEL review: Le Belhamy
We stayed in an Ocean View Villa (with private pool) for 15 days, and could have stayed longer!
HoiAn is completely relaxing and this resort was perfect. The private beach had sun loungers under umbrellas and palm trees and a lifeguard. The pools were also supervised and had bar service available. At each pool there was also a shallow kiddy pool. Towels were provided at each pool, and could be taken to the beach.
Our villa was 2 storey with the master bedroom upstairs and 2 twin beds downstairs in the open plan living room. This was not perfect as it meant we had to tip toe around once the kids were asleep. We had a minibar fridge, which we restocked with our supplies. Our pool was about 10m long.
The villa was made up fresh each day by a most efficient team, and in addition to complimentary drinking water a fruit plate was delivered each afternoon.
Breakfast was included, and although it was the basically the same each day there was a huge selection and a seemingly endless supply of tropical fruit, especially passionfruit! The baguettes were baked on site and were delicious. The restaurant and bar food was adequate, but a bit expensive compared to the fabulous food in town.
The resort had a bus service into HoiAn and pick up roughly every two hours. The first bus left at 10am, and the last one returned leaving HoiAn at 9.15pm.
There was also a spa, which was lovely but a bit expensive. We didn't use half the facilities on offer, but had a super relaxing holiday!
Hanoi HOTEL review: Impressive Hotel
Great location overlooking a relatively quiet old quarter street, we had a good view of the back of St Joseph's cathedral. Easy walking distance to the Hoan Kiem lake, and the Sunbeam Bridge, right in the heart of the old quarter.
Breakfast was simple, with limited choice of western or Vietnamese breakfast dishes, the chicken pho was delicious! The air conditioning was very efficient, and appreciated in the humidity.
The staff were all very friendly, and keen to entertain our small children. They were helpful in arranging taxis/cars for us, and met us at the airport for pick up.
The room was basic with one double bed and one single bed, and no space for an additional bed, so we slept one adult and 2 kids in the double, and lucky other adult got the single bed! Cable TV was also appreciated with many English language channels (including Cartoon Network and Disney). We were the only room on our floor accessed by a tiny lift (1m square). The bathroom was adequate.
Our room was not serviced during our stay, which was unexpected, and so I was a little disappointed returning to our unmade beds, and having to ask for fresh towels and additional toiletries.
We did love our first few days in Vietnam, and enjoyed our visit to Hanoi.
Shangri-la HOSTEL review: Dragoncloud International Hostel
We had a terrific stay here, were supposed to stay 5 days, and then stayed 12!! The staff were so welcoming and looked after us (well our kids) brilliantly. We stayed in 2 double rooms with ensuites, and although the shower was sporadic - occasionally warm, occasionally no pressure, etc, it was a great place overall.
The animals (2 dogs and a rabbit) were friendly and clean; the courtyard was safe for playing in and although there are no cooking or catering facilities there are loads of Western, Chinese and Tibetan cafes / restaurants just around the corner.
Lijiang HOSTEL review: Garden Inn
We stayed in the family room, which was a bit odd because the bathroom is raised up one step, and then only has a glass wall between the facilities and the lounge area, so lacks a bit of privacy - as parents of 2 toddlers we are not that used to privacy, but feeling like you are showering on stage is a new experience!!
It is close to all the action in Lijiang, good location.
The best thing is the 15RMB staff meal, served early at 6.30pm, but fantastic!! And so delicious. You feel like part of the family joining in, and they all made us extremely welcome.
May is super helpful, and especially good in booking onward accom and travel tickets. We only stayed here 4 days, but would love to go back again!
Dali HOSTEL review: The Jade Roo International Hostel
Stayed here for a fantastic week. We had a family suite, which was perfect for us, with our own en suite! Clean and simple. We asked for the bathroom to be cleaned midstay and it was done efficiently.
Location great - right on doorstep of old town, and quiet being away from the hustle and noise.
Only down, was getting our laundry back, and finding they had mixed our stuff up with someone else's leaving us missing a stack of clothes as the recipients of ours had already checked out!